Vial of Pope John Paul II's Blood Stolen


Published 01/27 2014 11:01AM

Updated 01/27 2014 11:03AM

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A relic containing drops of late Pope John Paul II's blood has been stolen, Italian authorities said Monday.

The vial was stolen from the Church of San Pietro della Ienca in the mountainous Abruzzo region in central Italy on Saturday. Pope John Paul II, who died in 2005, loved to go on skiing holidays in the area.

The theft sparked a major search operation involving sniffer dogs and dozens of police officers.

Italian authorities said they believe the theft was commissioned, as thieves stole only the relic and left many other valuables behind at the church.

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